SLEDDING + SOUNDTRACKS.

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I went sledding instead of going to the movies yesterday, BUT I did some multi-tasking at night. I made this turkey meatloaf,  watched some Olympics, read this book, and listened to the HER and Endless Love soundtracks. Two thumbs up!

My favorite songs are Pumpin Blood by NONONO, Don’t Find Another Love by Tegan + Sara, and Go Outside by Cults.

Four of my favorite HER songs.

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WEEKEND FOOD LOVE: honey + cinnamon broiled grapefruit.

Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit
Cinnamon + Honey broiled grapefruit

Honey + cinnamon broiled grapefruit, otherwise known as my new favorite thing to make on the weekends. I love anything grapefruit, but broiling a Ruby Star with honey and cinnamon takes it to another level. I haven’t been much into cooking anything complicated lately, so I appreciate the no-brainer that this little treat really is!

DIRECTIONS//

Halve a grapefruit. (Ruby Star are really worth it.)
Cut it into segments.
Place on baking sheet. (I also use a cookie cutter underneath to keep the grapefruit’s shape while baking.)
Drizzle with honey.
Sprinkle on some cinnamon. (Prefer Ceylon.)
Broil for 3-4 minutes.

I’m enjoying this on my day off with a stack of new magazines. RELAXATION MONDAY, hurrah! I’m meeting with some swim class mates to practice flip turns at noon, then I might go see a movie. It’s a toss up between HER or Endless Love….and yes, I’m aware of the Rotten Tomatoes review differences there. Ha!

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MY FAVORITE OLYMPIC EVENT SO FAR: Slopestyle!

I can’t tell if I like this sport so much because it was one of the first events on television, but for some reason I got super into slopestyle. The jumps! Those triple cork twist things! The drama! The snow conditions! The camaraderie! The cuties (Sage, Mark, etc)! Their iPods! Their gum chewing! The better and more bad-ass uniforms than everyone else! I was hooked and am mourning its end. Can they make it a longer event in the future?! And this is coming from someone who tried snowboarding once and hated it.

I have horrible spatial awareness of my body – which is making flip turns in my swimming class a real pain. Our instructor is now enforcing them. My entire lane struggles. No, really. It’s surprising how bad we are. Here’s pretty much how it goes down except in water:

We’re all meeting on Monday to practice. I also just e-mailed my cousin who is a swimmer for tips (as well as favorite goggles, suit, swimming accouterments, and skin saving tips other than slathering coconut oil all over me pre-chlorine contact!) because whatever I lack in sheer timing, talent, overall athleticism, and well, youthfulness, this is my new form of exercise and I’m going to embrace it even if it’s not embracing me. I’m starting with wardrobe. I really want this suit. Fierce!

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Après ski – - > PROHIBITION PIG in Waterbury, VT

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The past few times I’ve skied at Sugarbush, we’ve stopped at Prohibition Pig (in the former spot of The Alchemist) in Waterbury, VT on the way home. Sometimes I get a beer, other times a hot toddy. (The one above had ginger, honey, and turmeric!) More importantly, I ALWAYS get the same meal. I discovered the absolute best brisket sandwich of-all-time: slow-cooked brisket with bacon BBQ sauce, crispy onions, and a pickle topped on a toasted bun. I also order a side of roasted Brussels sprouts. Done! It’s my perfect meal.

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Great ICE 2014: NORTH HERO–> KNIGHT ISLAND (or when I walked four miles on a frozen lake…)

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My friends Amanda and Brian sent an e-mail over the weekend seeing if anyone wanted to check out North Hero’s Great Ice festival.

Anyone up for an adventure this weekend in the snow?

On Sunday It would be fun to go to Grand Isle/North Hero area as they are having the “Great Ice” event this weekend.  They have a pancake breakfast at 8am at North Hero House and then around 9am a walk out on the ice to Knight Island (boots or snowshoes I don’t know!?) They won’t know if the ice is good until a check Sunday morning however so it could be a wash and a new plan would be needed…but hey it would be early!!!

Let me know if the Sunday idea or another snowy adventure strikes you!
Best,
Amanda

Seeing as how I’ve never walked more than about 10 inches from land on Lake Champlain during the winter, I thought it might be cool (yet kind of scary…) to go walk to an island off an island on the lake.

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We got there early for the flapjack breakfast at the General Store – isn’t it adorable?! – and it was fabulous. Blueberry and regular pancakes, ham, bacon, and sausage. Coffee, juice, hot chocolate, and maple syrup.

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Across the street from the General Store was access to the lake. The town had plowed a 2 mile path to Knight Island. WILD!

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That’s me freaking out about being in the middle of a frozen lake!

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Ice fisherman drilling their hole!

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The ranger on Knight Island had a fire and hot chocolate for us. We chatted for a while, then walked around the island.

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We saw lots of tracks. I think the large tracks are moose? Maybe?

Then we walked back across the lake. The ice’s color is like pitch black.

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We returned and the Christmas Tree bonfire was in full force, and I won’t lie, I wondered if it would melt into the lake. It didn’t.

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They had a chili cook-off, hockey, ice skating, and bike riding on the ice.

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There was a lot of other things happening on the islands, as well. We stopped by two wineries, both of which also had a lot of delicious dessert pairings: cupcakes, apple cider chocolate caramels, and chocolate hearts.

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All in all, this was an awesome Sunday. We didn’t really know what to expect, and this exceeded all our expectations. We want to visit more winter festivals outside Burlington!

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LATEST YOUTUBE OBSESSION: Olympic Training Videos.

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Are you watching the Olympics?! I got a digital antenna, so I can pick up NBC (Olympics!), CBS, FOX, and like five PBS stations. I’ve been binge-watching the Games at night, which then leads me to YouTube stalking the athletes on my iPad.

Their core stability is phenomenal.

P.S. We ended up having gorgeous weather in Vermont! Cold, but clear. I had some work things, but I got out for some downhill skiing on Saturday and walked to an island off an island on a frozen Lake Champlain on Sunday. I took that first picture at a General Store out on North Hero Island. Cute, huh!

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WHAT’S IN UVM’S VARSITY GYM REFRIGERATOR.

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Last night I had my weights class, which is in the varsity gym at UVM. Workout above. (I started off doing the squats all wrong, thinking it was 3 sets of 5 instead of 5 sets of 3, but I worked up to 100 lbs on the last few sets, did 35 lbs on the kettlebell swings, and went for the box jump step-up/push press with the 45 lb bar combo.) Anyway, the class is pretty crowded, so I had my things over near the refrigerator. I’ve never actually looked inside it, but I was curious as to what food the coaches and athletes keep stocked. Our coach is a former professional football player and ripped.

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Some kind of Gatorade looking pitcher, cartons of almond milk, chocolate milk, and a giant container of what looked like a healthified chicken salad. They eat pretty clean!

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